Conclusions of the Cabueñes meeting

Public Space z Blueprints

Public Space z Blueprints (Photo credit: BarefootAdrianne)

  1. It is not a cyclical crisis but a structural change, similar to the transition to industrial society. Before uncertainty we must change the negative connotation of “change”.
  2. We must search for a concept of sustainability that corresponds to inter-generational and inter-territorial justice, threatened by the consumer society. Sustainability is not understood without the integration of the territories and the people who live in them.
  3. Working with methodologies but also with the spaces. Recovering Public Space through a  fair value-based and balanced shared management. Differentiate public from institutional. Tackling the importance of local involvement and the city as living environment.
  4. Building through the cracks of the system.
  5. Try to see reality as a whole, ie integrating the perspectives. Social, youth, gender, environment…  and challenging the biased views. The same applies to the city, which must be planned as a whole, from land management policies to R + D + I
  6. Rethink our consumption, not only when buying but also in the use and duration of objects. Get adapted to life cycle and its limitations. Exercise our right to demand sustainable products and truthful information about them
  7. Alternative models, such as cities in transition, housing as good for use and not for ownership, the short delivery chain and models of resilience. There are also new threats, many on water.
  8. Use the resources at our disposal and favour long-term thinking, avoiding discouragement. Need to provide easier access to funding.
  9. Networking, both horizontally, as well as with institutions, enterprises and civil society, integrating the different staments. Group efforts: round tables. Find a line of dialogue between science and Youth.
  10. Leverage and encourage informal and non formal education, small gestures, to induce a change in behavior.
  11. A model of educational and social integration to be kept: the second chance schools that go beyond standard learning and that network at European level.

ANATOLE: The importance of local production in cities

In comparison to an economy based on production exported abroad, a proximity economy seeks to produce and develop goods and services within a specific area, based on the needs of the people living within. AC3A, the association of agricultural chambers of commerce with the Atlantic Arc City Conference has set up a project under the title Atlantic Networks’ Abilities for Towns to Organise Local Economy (ANATOLE).
Co-financed by the European Union – ERDF, on the Atlantic Area Programme, ANATOLE Project seeks to analyse strengths and weaknesses of aspects relating to proximity economies in order to draw up, alter the appropriate diagnosis, proximity economy engineering under the auspices of the region’s cities. ANATOLE therefore seeks to grant cities a coordinating role, using new and innovative proximity economy organisational methods. The project brings together rural operators, organisations which mediate between producers and cities, and the cities or other regional bodies from the Atlantic Arc.

The project, which was also presented at the Niort meeting, has its own website and blog. Please visit, share and comment.

REVITA: An Atlantic Urban project to recover industrial land

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Elementos de higiene de la Plya de Gijón (Asturias) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Led by Seville, between 2003 and 2005, REVITA has established innovative schemes for territorial spatial planning and action in obsolete industrial areas of the Atlantic Arc. This project, funded by INTERREG IIIB Atlantic Area, had the objectives of economic revival and reuse of urban areas. The project offered innovative approaches through the delivery of three pilot projects (process, urban design and functional renovation) a methodology based on “action-research” which analyzed Atlantic experiences for industrial revival:
  • Pilot project on correct use of the process at the local, regional, and national levels.
  • ·Pilot project in urban transformation of industrial space.
  • ·Pilot project in functional renovation of industrial space (for companies, technology, and environmental management).
  • Each of these projects touches on the synergies generated in rural and urban areas, because analysis is done on experimental projects completed both in city centres and in their surrounding metropolitan environment.

Partners were:

  • Sevilla Global, Agencia Urbana de Promoción Económica del Ayuntamiento de Sevilla (ESP)
  • Câmara Municipal de Lisboa (PT)
  • Parque Expo, S.A. (Lisboa) (PT)
  • Communauté Urbaine de Brest (Bretagne) (FR)
  • Cardiff Council (RU)
  • Ayuntamiento de Gijón (Asturias) (ESP)
  • Ayuntamiento de Avilés (Asturias) (ESP)
  • Bordeaux Technowest (Mérignac). (Gironde – Aquitaine) (FR)
  • PRIMUS-Promoção e Desenvolvimento Regional, S.A. (Moreira da Maia) (PT)
  • Dublin City Council (IRL)
  • Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities (FR)

You can read the final report in this link